U of M Physical Plant Caretaking

These assessments are typically done as part of the application process of the University of Manitoba Physical Plant Caretaking Services.

The purpose of the Caretaking Physical Fitness Assessment is to test general levels of fitness based on general fitness standards.  General physical fitness tests are used as an entry-level standard to determine whether someone is qualified to perform essential tasks for the job.  Therefore, the Caretaking Physical Fitness Assessment will resemble and test the physical challenges required to perform the job.

The components of the assessment were designed to simulate actual caretaking tasks and the ability to perform the job, such as, picking up and moving garbage bins, cleaning, vacuuming and sweeping.  The assessment is designed to encourage applicants to work at the submaximal level of their physical ability.  This assessment and variations of it have been used for other occupations with similiar job performance requirements.

Part 1: General Fitness Assessment

Includes four components (cardio respiratory, fitness, grip strength, hamstring/lower back flexibility, back extension endurance) that are adopted for the CPATH (Canadian Physical Activity Training for Health) protocols established by CSEP (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology).  These components are important for general health and are related to injury prevention.  Applicants are scored relative to their age and gender using norms and percentiles based on Canadians 15-69 years of age.

Part 2: Practical Job Related Portion

Includes six components (weight transfer, weight to high shelf, floor to waist, shoulder health, push, pull) that assess practical abilities to handle weight safely and effectively, assess positional tolerance and joint health.  These tests are scored based on ability to complete the test as well the technique demonstrated, for example, using proper lifting technique.


All assessments take place in the Active Living Centre at the University of Manitoba, Fort Garry campus, in Winnipeg.


  • $120 (including GST) payable at the time of registration.  University of Manitoba Physical Plant Caretaking Services covers the cost of the first physical fitness assessment.  Fee is good for one test only.
  • Payment is non-transferrable.
  • No refunds for no-shows.
  • Refunds, less a $15 administration fee, will be granted ONLY with a valid medical certificate.
  • Candidates must give four working days (Mon to Fri) notice to have test date changed.
  • Candidates are required to have completed a physician's release form together with payment at the time of registration.
  • NO phone registrations.  Candidates may register by mail, fax, or in person only.
  • Please make cheques payable to the University of Manitoba.
  • We accept Visa, MasterCard, debit, cheque or cash.
  • All scheduled appointments are subject to cancellations by the University of Manitoba, Recreation Services.


Expect to be at the University for 1.5 to 2 hours on the day of your test.  Parking is free after 4:30pm and on weekends, except where designated as "24 hour reserved".  We suggest parking in U lot, where ticket parking (before 4:30pm) is $3.00 for 2 hours, or in the University Parkade.


  1. Download and read the information package carefully.
  2. Follow the preparation instructions.
  3. On your test day, please bring:
    • Picture ID such as a drivers' license or passport.
    • Exercise clothing.